The imprecise impermissivist’s dilemma

Synthese 196 (4):1623-1640 (2019)

Clinton Castro
Florida International University
Impermissivists hold that an agent with a given body of evidence has at most one rationally permitted attitude that she should adopt towards any particular proposition. Permissivists deny this, often motivating permissivism by describing scenarios that pump our intuitions that the agent could reasonably take one of several attitudes toward some proposition. We criticize the following impermissivist response: while it seems like any of that range of attitudes is permissible, what is actually required is the single broad attitude that encompasses all of these single attitudes. While this might seem like an easy way to win over permissivists, we argue that this impermissivist response leads to an indefensible epistemology; permissive intuitions are not so easily co-opted.
Keywords Permissivism  Ranged credence  Mushy credence  Bayesian epistemology  Formal epistemology
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DOI 10.1007/s11229-017-1530-9
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